FRANKFORT, Ky. — Organizations planning events in celebration of Kentucky Writers' Day on April 24 are invited to submit their information to be listed online with the Kentucky Arts Council.

Kentucky Writers' Day is an annual event that celebrates the Commonwealth's strong literary tradition and the anniversary of the birth of Kentucky native Robert Penn Warren, the first poet laureate of the United States and winner of three Pulitzer Prizes.

"Kentucky Writers' Day activities typically take place across the state, and we are glad to make resources available for those interested in participating to find an event in their area," said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. "The public is also invited to attend the state event at the Capitol Rotunda on Writers' Day."

Events can be submitted online at the arts council's website.

In addition, a Kentucky Writers' Day Planning Guide is available as a free download from the arts council for schools, libraries, municipalities, community and faith-based organizations, local governments, businesses, the media and other community groups to plan celebrations for Kentucky Writers' Day throughout the Commonwealth.

The free planning guide is online at http://1.usa.gov/KWDplanguide and contains suggested activities appropriate for different groups, publicity ideas and cross-promotional opportunities with the arts council to make Kentucky Writers' Day a statewide event.

The state celebration of Kentucky Writers' Day will be 10 a.m. April 24 in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort, and features the induction of the next state poet laureate, Frank X Walker. April 24 is designated as Kentucky Writers' Day by the General Assembly. The date is the birthday of Warren, from Guthrie, Ky., who had the rare distinction of winning Pulitzer Prizes for fiction as well as poetry.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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